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Dubuque, Iowa—While other presidential hopefuls clinked glasses in the camera-packed state capitol, Connecticut Sen. Christopher Dodd pooh-poohed the absent media as he shared New Year’s cheer with supporters at “Happy’s Place.”

Dodd, who’s speeding across Iowa in a final scramble to garner support for the Democratic nomination in Thursday’s caucuses here, brought in the New Year on the banks of the Mississippi, in the east Iowan city of Dubuque.

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